Grief Support

The grieving process normally begins soon after a person is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Grieving is different for the patient and their loved ones. Patients grieve when changes are taking place within the body, when they lose the ability to do things they were normally able to do, and for the shortened time they have with those they love. Loved ones grieve not only for what they see happening to the patient, but also for the emptiness they are already beginning to feel. Grief is a natural human response to change or loss and it can be painful. The pain of grief is unique to each person as it moves through the body, mind, and soul.

The goal of grief counseling is to create a safe and healing environment for those who are adjusting to a significant loss in their lives. Our services are available to those who have survived the loss of a loved one, with the goal of enabling people to discover or rediscover, inner resources which allow them to incorporate their loss into a meaningful future.

We at Lake Superior Hospice believe that every person deserves the opportunity and right to grieve in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment.

Grieving individuals are offered a place where they can interact with others who have experienced similar losses, learn coping skills, and begin a healing process.

Individual (one on one), and grief support groups are available for both children and adults. People not interested in meeting in a group setting may make an
appointment to talk with the bereavement counselor individually.

Call for more information regarding children’s grief groups.

Families interested in grief support can call our office for more information at 906-225-7760 and speak to Bereavement Coordinator – Cara Zanetti.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Cara at Lake Superior Hospice: (906) 225-7760 or email

Myths and Facts about Grief

MYTH: The pain will go away faster if you ignore it.
Fact: Trying to ignore your pain or keep it from surfacing will only make it worse
in the long run. For real healing it is necessary to face your grief and actively deal
with it.
MYTH: It’s important to be “be strong” in the face of loss.
Fact: Feeling sad, frightened, or lonely is a normal reaction to loss. Crying
doesn’t mean you are weak. You don’t need to “protect” your family or friends by
putting on a brave front. Showing your true feelings can help them and you.
MYTH: If you don’t cry, it means you aren’t sorry about the loss.
Fact: Crying is a normal response to sadness, but it’s not the only one. Those
who don’t cry may feel the pain just as deeply as others. They may simply have
other ways of showing it.
MYTH: Grief should last about a year.
Fact: There is no right or wrong time frame for grieving. How long it takes can
differ from person to person.

Stepping Stones:

Stepping stones provides youth who are grieving the death of a loved one professional support as they learn to identify and better understand their emotions.  This program gives them an opportunity to learn healthy coping skills and know that they are not alone in their grief.

  1. Assist youth in identification and application of healthy coping skills
  2. We welcome youth of all ages in our community who have experienced the death of a loved one
  3. Facilitated by our trained and professional grief support staff through creative and evidenced-based practices
  4. One-on-one therapeutic support offered
  5. Opportunities for age appropriate group support
  6. FREE of charge


Open Grief Support Group:

Marquette: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 5:30-7:00pm at Lake Superior Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette. The facilitator is Cara, Lake Superior Hospice Bereavement Coordinator. For more information contact her at (906) 225-7760 or email

Ishpeming: A 10-week bereavement group has started on September 15th at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming. If you are interested in attending the next 10-week course, please call Cara to register. The group will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and will be utilizing Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt, Ph. D.

Bereavement Luncheon:

Marquette: Bereavement Luncheon is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at noon at Lake Superior Hospice 914 W Baraga Ave, Marquette. The luncheon is funded through attendee donation to order in pizza or subs. Attendees are welcome to bring a dessert to pass. Please call (906) 225-7760 to RSVP. Bereavement Coordinator, Cara Zanetti, facilitates a brief program.

Memorial Service:

Marquette: A Memorial Service honoring and celebrating the lives of our loved ones is held each year. This past year it was held at the Presque Isle Pavilion. The memorial service is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the lives of those we have lost. It is a time to share stories, celebrate with music, pray and remember our loved ones.

Please contact Lake Superior Hospice for date and time details at (906) 225-7760 or email

Discover a Different
Kind of Care
  • A 10-week bereavement group has started on September 15th at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming. If you are interested in attending the 10-week course, please call Cara Zanetti, LSH Bereavement Coordinator, to register. The group will meet on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be utilizing “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt, Ph. D.

    Contact Cara by phone at 906-225-7760.